I Trust In You

Psalm 55: 23
“…. but I will trust in You”

Throughout the psalm, David talks of his troubles and pain. But the last line of the last verse ends on a beautiful note, “But I will trust in You”. It is David declaring that he has a thousand problems but he has decided to “cast his burden on the Lord (v. 22) and trust in Him. That was his faith.

You may be having several problems, you may feel cast down and broken, your current situation may feel like it’s spinning out of your control. Hoping for the tide of despair to pass by may seem like a distant dream. But even when it seems like you are standing in the midst of a storm, do you have the courage to say “I will trust in You”? It is not saying that the problems have disappeared. It is a purposeful confession that you have the faith to trust in Him who is bigger than all your problems. David had that faith. So can we.

Just as He Said

Genesis 21:1
And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.

The story of Abraham and Sarah is the most widespread with regards to the topic of faith. The Lord had promised Abraham that He would make him a great nation and that he would have descendants as countless as the number of stars.

Genesis 15:5
Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

Yet, until then nothing had taken place and we see a small phase where they decided to take matters into their own hands and the consequence of that turned out to be Hagar and Ishmael. But God’s word had been crystal clear. He had promised him descendants through Sarah, his wife, and there was no change in that. It may have taken time but ultimately as we read in Genesis 21:1, God kept His word. It says that the Lords visited Sarah “as He had said” and He did for Sarah “as He had spoken”. The key words to ponder over are “as He had said” and “as He had spoken“. These phrases bring a surety to God’s words, that they can be trusted no matter what. Indeed, we see that everything took place just as the Lord had promised Abraham.

You may be going through a phase where you feel there are long pending promises spoken to you which may be yet to be fulfilled. You may feel disheartened at the turn of events seeing that things may not have taken place the way you had expected it to. But one thing is for sure. If God has promised you something, He will surely bring it to pass – in His time. We may have to wait but His faithfulness remains constant. Hebrews 13:5 says “I will never leave you nor forsake you“. That is His promise to His children and you can rely on it.

The next time you feel like giving up, when you feel the answer to your prayer remains unanswered, take heart. Our God does not lie and neither does He give empty promises. He will do just as He has spoken.

Hope Against Hope

Acts 7:2-3, 5
And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, and said to him, ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.’… And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.

We all know the story of Abraham. His name is synonymous with faith. He is considered by many as the father of faith. His story is that of hope and a strong faith in God in whom he believed. From the beginning of his journey, we see how God asked Abraham to do things which could be done ONLY through faith. And Abraham obeyed without questioning. Leaving his homeland into a place where he doesn’t know, asking him to believe that he would have countless descendants (when he never even had one child), asking him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, whom he received after years of waiting and trusting were no small tasks. However, Abraham persevered and remained steadfast. In verse 5, it says that he didn’t even have a foot space in the land to call his own. Yet God promised him the whole land.

In Romans 4:18, we read that Abraham did not lose his hope even though the situations around him seemed to be contrary to having hope. He hoped against hope. How was he able to do this? – his faith in the unchanging God.

We hear God speaking to us through different means. He may speak directly through His Word, or through prayer, through songs, through another believer or a pastor, etc. But are you willing to obey His voice? When we hear a prophecy spoken to us, we like to obey by weighing the statistics and if we feel there is a chance for the prophesy to be fulfilled, then we are ready to obey it. But God doesn’t want early preparations and settings. He wants you to be ready to obey Him no matter what. The more impossible the situation may seem, the more we need to trust in Him to bring His promises to pass.

You may have heard prophesies about you for many years but none of them may have been fulfilled. You may think that God has forgotten. But no, He doesn’t forget. If He has spoken it, it will come to pass- in His time. We need to keep trusting and just like Abraham, we need to “hope against hope” that God will never go back on His Word and if you are willing to obey Him, there is no doubt that He will bless you in ways that you never imagined. Amen!

The Forbidden Things

Christian life is often portrayed as a victorious journey – fighting off the devil and shouting cries of triumph with the Lord’s guiding hand upholding us. We are warriors always on the battlefront patiently awaiting the Lord’s instructions on tackling the enemy.

However, while these situations can make us feel more reliant on the Lord and reassures us of His love and care as we go forward, we also need to ensure that His presence is with us. Psalm 127:1 is a well known verse in the Christian world. When we set out to do a task, unless it has gained the approval of the Almighty, we are fighting a losing battle. When we try to go about our own way and not consult Him beforehand, it can end up with dire consequences.

In Deuteronomy 2: 36, 37, we are presented with the success of the Israelite conquests on foreign lands. The point to be highlighted is that victory was theirs as long as they followed the Lord’s commands and fought accordingly. In verse 37, it says they did not even bother to look at places which had been forbidden by God.
As Christians, we are not called to fight every battle, we are not allowed to live and do as we please. Once we surrender our lives to Him, we become a part of Him. We are no longer a single entity. And as children of the Most High, there are certain things we are forbidden to do, certain places we are forbidden to enter, certain words we are forbidden to speak, certain jobs which are forbidden to us and so on. Often we are so blind to Him that in trying to attain them, we are met with unnecessary heartaches and disappointments.

Instead, if we seek and trust the Lord’s will in our lives (Proverbs 3: 5, 6), we’ll realize that temporary discomforts pave the route for a brighter and happier future. Blind faith in His ability to provide the best enables us to rest through the storms and tempests in our lives. As the English saying goes, The forbidden fruit tastes sweetest, what it doesn’t mention is the bitter taste it leaves behind once it’s been swallowed.

Professing Faith

Faith – what does the word really mean? Faith is believing and trusting inspite of the unfavourable situations. Faith is hoping against hope even when everything around you crumbles. Faith in God is exactly that. Trusting Him to do what is best for you. No matter how tough the condition seems, my faith in my God will not be shaken. How confident are we to say these words? If we look back and analyze how we have reacted to difficult situations in the past, what does it reflect about the faith you profess to have?

John 2:1-11 speaks of the first miracle that Jesus performed when He was in this world. The changing of water into wine at the wedding of Cana is indeed a common passage to most of us. In verse 5, it says “….whatever He says to you, do it”. These were the words of Jesus’ mother-Mary. If this was the first miracle He performed, it obviously means that till that very moment, Jesus hasn’t done anything miraculous. He was just an ordinary carpenter’s son in the eyes of the people around Him. Even though nobody else knew who He really was, Mary knew. She knew there was nothing ordinary about her Son. She knew the supernatural way in which He was conceived (Luke 1: 26-38). And she remembered the promises spoken to her through Gabriel regarding Jesus.

Now, Jesus was 30 yrs old when He started His ministry. For 30 yrs, He hasn’t done anything extraordinary. Yet, when we read John 2:5, Mary is so confident when she tells the servants to obey whatever Jesus asks of them. Why was she able to do that? Because of her faith. A faith that has not changed even though she never saw Him perform any miracles for 30 yrs. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things NOT seen.” One thing she knew was that her God was a God who could work in the most impossible situations. Jesus’ birth was proof of that. She not only had faith, she also spoke words of faith (John 2:5). And her faith was rewarded.

How many miracles do we see in the Bible? From Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, the Bible is full of wonders and miracles that God performed. We have read again and again. We have also seen Him work wonders with our own eyes. We have heard Him perform wonders in the past. And yet, when situations come, we still speak words of unbelief and doubt. Is that the faith that you claim to have? We say I can’t do anything, my children are not smart enough, my conditions are terrible, my husband/wife will never change, my pastor is like this, my boss is like that, etc. etc. Words of unbelief over and over again. When we say such things, we are not putting ourselves down, we are putting God down. Its equivalent to saying that He doesn’t have abilities or capabilities to act. God hates unbelief. God hates it when His children doubt Him.

Israel saw with their own eyes the great miracles God had done in Egypt, yet they kept on grumbling and complaining. Often, we are no different. We are quick to say that it cant be done. The fact may indeed be that you cant. But God doesn’t expect you to do it. He only asks you to trust Him to do it for you. His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). No matter how much we break our heads, we’ll never understand. And you don’t need to know how He acts and thinks. All you need to have is faith that He CAN and He WILL.

Start speaking words of faith and belief from your mouth. Words have power. Words have life. Genesis 1 speaks of the creation of the world. How was everything created? By His words. He didn’t conduct any experiments or years of research. He commanded, and everything that you see in the world today was brought to life. The sun, the moon, the stars, the waters, the heavens, the earth, the creatures-all were created through His words. Words have power. If you say you are an ambassador of Christ, your words and actions should be a direct reflection of the One you are representing. Words of doubt and unbelief do not represent Jesus. When you sit in church, you are not to keep silent. You are to praise Him with your mouth. You are to speak words of life.

Dear brothers and sisters, you only need to look at your attitude in the past years. How have they been? Are you a grumbler and complainer? Or do you have the faith you claim to have? If not, ask God to increase your faith. Ask forgiveness for doubting Him and His capabilities and instead tell Him that you can’t do anything on your own but you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4: 13).